This article will demonstrate how to turn on (and off) your vacation auto-responder.
If you are a Windows user, you will have to use an SSH client such as PuTTY to connect to a UNIX machine to do this. PuTTY is included on all Math Department Windows machines under 'All Programs > SSH'.
- In the text field for Host Name (or IP address), enter the host name of your homedir server or a UNIX machine that you have access to and click 'Open' to continue.
*if you are prompted by a PuTTY Security Alert, you must click 'Yes' to continue.
- Enter your username and password to continue.
From this point on, the instructions are the same whether you are using a Windows or UNIX machine.
- In the prompt, type vacation and you should be prompted to turn on (or off, if it was already on) your vacation auto-responder.
- You will be brought into a vi or vim editor to create / edit your vacation message; the message that will be used in the auto-response.
If you are unfamiliar with vi / vim commands and hot keys, here is a quick primer that can be used to edit this document:
k, l, j, h Moves the cursor up, forward, down and back, respectively; when not editing. i, a Inserts text before and after the cursor, respectively. Starts editing mode. ESC Ends editing mode - enters command mode.
For more information, consult a vi / vim reference.
- After you finish creating or editing the message, press 'ESC' and type ':wq' to save and quit. If you wish to discard, use ':q!' or ':q', the latter will prompt you.
- Once the message has been saved, the prompt should read like this:
And now the vacation is message has been turned on and will auto-respond until you turn it off.